Ref Talk

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We caught up with some match officials from across the Community Game to find out why they referee and what advice they would give to anyone thinking of taking up the whistle.

LIAM MOORE

Why did you become a referee?
I enjoyed playing but was told that I’d got the personality for it. So I went and did the course and have never looked back.

What do you enjoy most about refereeing?
I love to make the hard decisions in the big games as well as talking with the players and having mutual respect for each other.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
Touch Judging the Academy Grand Final in2012 and Champion Schools Year 11 Final a year earlier. I also refereed the NWC U15s Final.

What would you say to anyone thinking about becoming a referee?
Without doubt do it! It’s really changed my goals and I now know this is what I want to do. It’s not only the officiating side it’s the friends you make within the game. On a personal level it’s really changed my life around losing three stone in weight! What’s better than getting money for something you enjoy doing?

DAVID OUTEN

Why did you become a referee?
I was playing but kept getting injured, however I still wanted to be involved in the game.

What do you enjoy most about refereeing?
Being in charge from the middle of the pitch and just being involved with the game.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
I been Touch Judge at a Great Britain U18s game and regularly run the line at Academy games. I’ve also refereed the NWC U15s Final and also do the interchange at Super League and Championship level.

What would you say to anyone thinking about becoming a referee?
Have a go. You don’t know until you’ve tried and there is potential to progress and travel. If you think you can do a better job go for it!

PAUL CROMER

Why did you become a referee?
I wasn’t a very good player but still wanted to stay in the game. Somebody recommended refereeing so I gave it a go and never looked back.

What do you enjoy most about refereeing?
It’s great to watch all of the great skill on show and be able to talk and communicate with the players to get the best out of the game.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
Touch Judging at Academy matches.

What would you say to anyone thinking about becoming a referee?
Give it a go if you think you can.

DAVE YEOMANS

Why did you become a referee?
I played for over 20 years and then took up coaching for a year. I didn’t really like it but after seeing a poster in my local club decided to go on a course.

What do you enjoy most about refereeing?
Meeting other officials and keeping myself moderately fit.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
Touch Judging at Championship level and at Academy Finals.

What would you say to anyone thinking about becoming a referee?
Give it a go, you may just love it!